Coronavirus: A threat to mental health
Social distancing, lockdown, quarantine, mental pressure, health and many such words are now part of every human tip, and it's not just words, but now part of society. Since the outbreak of novel Coronavirus, the world has seen and suffered so much that it cannot be described in words or expressed. A change has entered in the year 2020, which is not good in some cases, but this has led people to realise the importance of mental health.
Mental health cannot be simply viewed from the person's way of working, way of talking and much more, but that requires a keen eye. So hold a keen eye on this blog as it will bring you a short and impacting mind of the world due to COVID-19.
Taboo of Mental Health
Coronavirus does not need any introduction, but its impacts definitely need attention. Beginning with mental health was a taboo earlier in a society where people denied especially India that such a problem exists. People with mental problems had difficulty in reaching out, and this had led and could cause severe impact on not only people suffering from it but also a circle around them.
If you are aware of what is going on in society then, the recent suicide of budding actor ‘Sushant Singh Rajput’ will not surprise you, but it will melt your heart and make you weep. As per various sources, he was suffering from depression - one of a mental problem because of the prevailing environment and people residing it.
Using this example was simply to let you know that it has awakened people to take charge or beware of people around them. One cannot get what is going on in someone's mind, but presence and availability reduce the stress, loneliness, anxiety. Before moving on, learn about what are different types of mental health problems and their implications.
What are the different types of mental health problems and their implications?
Understanding and holding knowledge of different mental problems and its implications can help you address the mental risks amid this global pandemic. Do not stick to this particular list because a new day, a new problem or new symptom can be acknowledged, but these are some of few from the list.
Anxiety & Panic Attacks
Amid virus outbreak, the most common mental health is anxiety, and it is actually one particular feeling hyped at the moment like feeling stressed, tense, worried, uneasy or scared. Most of the time, these emotions are not considered a problem.
You must have heard people saying "I am depressed" and this means they are feeling low in mood, which arose due to daily life crisis at regular intervals.
This problem is diagnosed in someone when they experience thoughts and compulsive behaviours. We also call it ‘OCD’ and it can be anything like few people have excessing cleaning problems and organising things.
The major problem prevailing currently is loneliness, and this has emerged due to social distancing - this is necessary to curb Coronavirus infection. Numerous studies have shown that adverse mental health and physical impact leads to loneliness, including the potential to trigger a depressive episode.
It is another level of depression that can lead to extreme lows and (depressed) and high (manic) moods. It is also called manic depression.
What can you do to avoid such problems?
Awareness of mental risks will help you cope with such difficulties, but what are those necessary actions and precautions that can help you support the person. Mentioned below are some lists of suggestions that you can accompany in your life aid COVID-19 outbreak.
Be concise with news and information consumption
Information and news are very helpful to connect you with the world, but amid this outbreak, there is so much information that is published or telecasted without any authentic source. So, limit the consumptions of news to protect your mental health.
Start accepting that news coverage will not answer all your questions or address all your worries. You should start practising uncertainty and trust the officials around the world are doing their best to address the current situation.
Ask someone for help
If you feel like, you cannot deal with current or any other scenario, connect with friends and family. It is never too late to deal with a crisis, and with prevailing negativity, you can ask your loved ones to filter information and news.
If you are far away from your friend and family, try to be connected with people as it reduces the stress of loneliness and unnecessary thoughts. Share your concerns with them while listening to theirs too. Learn effective skills to help your friends and loved ones.
Medicines will help if only you are ready to accompany them with positive thoughts. Medication is last or sometimes not an option because there are helpful aids like counselling and meditation can help you recover. All you need is the motivation to excel in your life.
Take care of yourself
It is necessary to take health as a priority, and with such a virus outbreak, critical self-care activities like sleep, physical exercise and a healthy diet can help you a lot. Find ways from experienced doctors or counsellors to maintain a sense of normality and routine to reduce stress. Practice mindfulness and not to think of the future or worst-case scenarios.